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    datx is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Considering Ross

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    Hi Everyone,

    I am considering applying to ROSS. I have several questions.
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    Considering Ross

    Hi, datx - Average starting age is 27-28. The range extends from early 20's to mid-50's, with roughly 5% at your age or above.

    About 10% of our students had undergrad gpa's of 2.6 or below, so gpa isn't everything; your MCAT score, experience and motivation could make the difference.

    Others (current and former students) can respond best on safety/security.

    And a typical student's financial aid budget allows almost $2000 USD per month for living expenses, books, etc. -- possibly more if you have spouse and/or children with you.

    Thanks for inquiring. Hope this helps.

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    Considering Ross

    Thanks for the information. I really appreciate the response as I m really considering this school, and I didn't have the answers to those questions.

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    Re: Considering Ross

    Datx,

    I knew several familes with small children at Ross and all of them did just fine. It is a safe island -- just like anywhere you need to use common sense (lock doors, don't wander around late at night by yourself, live by other students, etc).

    The financial aid provided provides you with more than enough money for your living expenses. With a spouse, you should get a refund check of about $8000 per semester. You can provide your marriage certificate and proof that you are bringing a child to get a bit more if needed.

    Your GPA would be scraping the bottom of the GPA's in most classes. I guess it all depends on what classes you took, where you took them, what your degree is in, etc. You won't be considered without MCAT scores.

    Best of luck!

    MitchDC

    Quote Originally Posted by datx
    Hi Everyone,

    I am considering applying to ROSS. I have several questions.

    1) I m 39, am I too old for the program? Or are there other students my age or older?
    2) I have a 2.6 GPA, haven't taken the MCAT yet. Will they consider me? I have extensive experience in the field of healthcare.
    3) I have a wife and a 7 mo old infant. Is the island safe?
    4) Financial Aid- How much is refunded back to the student. Is it enough to survive semester to semester?

    Thanks for reading my post. Good luck to everyone in their endeavors
    MitchDC/MD
    RUSM 2006 Graduate

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    can you get in?

    Check the dean of Admissions comments on the thread... "Can I get in" It is currently on page 2.

    Many older students have been very successful, but you will need the MCAT, as you will at any of the Top 3 carib schools.

    Good Luck!

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    Re: Considering Ross

    The financial aid provided provides you with more than enough money for your living expenses. With a spouse, you should get a refund check of about $8000 per semester. You can provide your marriage certificate and proof that you are bringing a child to get a bit more if needed.
    Not so.
    This may have been true a year ago, but disbursement is closer to the number "Insider" gave. We just got our remainder check for $6950.00 (included SGA fee and recommended health in_surance plan only for the student, NOT spouse). That has to last until April. This is $800 less than last semester, which coincides with the $800 increase in tuition (now $10900 for January 05 semester). To be fair, the administration has offered an additional award in the past to cover the increase. We are waiting to see if this is again the case. Any info here, Insider?

    It has also become more difficult to squeeze out the extra $1500 for students with spouses. Just emailed financial aid this morning as a matter of fact for an application I submitted in October! Most spouses do not pursue this due to the time and effort required in my opinion.

    Honestly, if you plan on going home every semester, buying new books and supplies, eating whatever, whenever, running the air conditioner, etc., it can be very tight. I have said it in other posts on this forum and it is the mantra of our house that if you really want it, REALLY WANT IT, then you guys can do it. That might mean not leaving every break, eating lentils, beans and rice to lower food costs and being overall financially creative, but I encourage you to be speculative and honest with yourselves based on your situation.

    PM me for more financial creativity we have employed during the last 4 semesters.

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    Re: Considering Ross

    I always thought that the $6500-$7500 we've received was always plenty of money for both myself and my spouse. It's more than adequate for living expenses, and to even go back home every semester, and still have money left over afterwards. I guess it just takes good planning and management of money.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kat
    The financial aid provided provides you with more than enough money for your living expenses. With a spouse, you should get a refund check of about $8000 per semester. You can provide your marriage certificate and proof that you are bringing a child to get a bit more if needed.
    Not so.
    This may have been true a year ago, but disbursement is closer to the number "Insider" gave. We just got our remainder check for $6950.00 (included SGA fee and recommended health in_surance plan only for the student, NOT spouse). That has to last until April. This is $800 less than last semester, which coincides with the $800 increase in tuition (now $10900 for January 05 semester). To be fair, the administration has offered an additional award in the past to cover the increase. We are waiting to see if this is again the case. Any info here, Insider?

    It has also become more difficult to squeeze out the extra $1500 for students with spouses. Just emailed financial aid this morning as a matter of fact for an application I submitted in October! Most spouses do not pursue this due to the time and effort required in my opinion.

    Honestly, if you plan on going home every semester, buying new books and supplies, eating whatever, whenever, running the air conditioner, etc., it can be very tight. I have said it in other posts on this forum and it is the mantra of our house that if you really want it, REALLY WANT IT, then you guys can do it. That might mean not leaving every break, eating lentils, beans and rice to lower food costs and being overall financially creative, but I encourage you to be speculative and honest with yourselves based on your situation.

    PM me for more financial creativity we have employed during the last 4 semesters.

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    Re: Considering Ross

    Quote Originally Posted by FoxTrot
    I guess it just takes good planning and management of money.

    Save the rent, and spend it on food. food is more important 8) You can live well, eat well (no, you aren't limited to beans and lentils), and still have $5000 ($4xxx now with the tuition hike) left over from your finaid check. But one condition must be met: you have to be relatively unpicky. But that doesn't mean you have to live with the roaches either.

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    Consider this...

    I donít want to beat this point much more, but did you guys miss the fact he has an infant? Do you know what pampers cost down here? If he lives anywhere other than Puerto Rico or east coast metros, a fifth of that $6800 is going to American airlines each time a couple and infant fly. Add on $2000.00 for rent ($500 a month is a steal in the hot real estate market of Picard, for a studio ), plus daycare at the prep school and paying $900 extra for the school suggested insurance plan for a spouse and child, and all of sudden the remaining $20.00 a day means you arenít eating at the shacks regularly (mixed blessing, really) and beans and rice are looking pretty attractive. Laundry, electricity, a laptop, the equipment and books: it all adds up, too. Last semesterís class had quite a few families (some teenagers, too), now the daycare center has four kids (2 are Steves, the guy from Brothers Bar, and one is a professorsí). Guess this is just a scenario, and someone might argue to shop around for healthinsurances, but I agree that it can be very hard to modify a budget down to reside on the island. Oh, by the way, credit card bills, car loans, and mortgages will not even be mentioned. Also you might want to keep in mind that many students here still have the emergency net of mom and dadís bank account, and they may assume that everyone does. Give people the straight facts; they can decide what to do from there based on their own situations.

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    asdf

    well, put it another way, living on the island can be cheap.
    Dominican babies need diapers too, but they use generic diapers, and I'm assuming they work just as well.

    If you need more money, salliemae can lend it to you. You're not limited to what the school estimates.

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